Beyond the Arno River - Pitti Palace & Brancacci Chapel
An easy walk across the River Arno brings you to one of Florence’s most fascinating neighborhoods. (And don’t worry: Since we start together at the Piazza of Santa Maria Novella, you won’t even have to find it on your own!) Let us lead you there—and share this neighborhood’s hidden gems with you—on this private tour itinerary.
One of the Oltrarno’s most beautiful, and important, treasures is the Brancacci Chapel. Tucked in the 13th-century Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, this “Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance” is more than a masterpiece: It reveals the evolution of the Renaissance itself. Your guide will show you not just how to “read” the differences between the early and high Renaissance paintings, but also how to experience them with the same awe and wonder that other viewers have felt for 500 years.
Now that you’re familiar with the fathers of Renaissance painting, discover a gem by the father of Renaissance architecture! The lovely Basilica of Santo Spirito was designed by none other than Brunelleschi, the architect of Florence’s Duomo. And it boasts frescoes by artists like Filippino Lippi… and even a crucifix by Michelangelo! Enjoy the tranquility of this off-the-beaten-path church as you soak in its beauty and importance.
Of course, the “other side” of Florence doesn’t just offer Renaissance art and architecture. Here, too, see a main symbol of Renaissance-era power: Palazzo Pitti, the home of the Medici family. It also happens to be one of Florence’s biggest art museums! Enjoy V.I.P. entrance (no standing in long lines or worrying about tickets!) to the Palatine Gallery, home to more than 500 Renaissance works. Through stories and anecdotes, your guide will bring pieces by such masters as Raphael, Titian, and Rubens to life.
Through it all, take advantage of your guide’s expertise, and your private tour, by asking any questions you might have. Enjoy this Florence’s more peaceful side, it’s your chance to really feel like a local!
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